Former Captain of Indian cricket team Rahul Dravid on 6 June 2015 was named as coach of India ‘A’ and Under-19 cricket teams. Rahul Dravid’s name for coaching India’s junior team was confirmed by BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur in his press conference in Kolkata. The decision to appoint Dravid as coach was taken at the first meeting of BCCI’s Advisory Committee in Kolkata. The advisory committee includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman as its member.
The 42-year-old Dravid, a veteran of 164 Tests (13288 runs) and 344 ODIs (10889 runs), is presently working with the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals as mentor. Hailed as The Wall, Dravid is the fourth-highest run scorer in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis, and is only the second Indian cricketer, after Tendulkar to score 10000 runs both in Tests and in ODIs.
As a coach, Dravids first assignment would be to prepare the U-19 team for 2016 Under-19 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a nodal statutory agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health in India through the regulation and supervision of food safety. FSSAI was established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and operates under aegis of Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
FSSAI has been established to lay down science based standards for various food products in order ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption. It also regulates the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of food products for human consumption.
It is led by a non-executive Chairperson. The executive head of FSSAI is the Chief Executive Officer. Headquarters: New Delhi. It also has 8 regional offices located in Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Cochin and Chennai It has 4 referral laboratories and 72 local laboratories located across India.
Union Home Ministry has appointed Senior IPS Officer RC Tayal as the new Director General (DG) of India’s elite counter-terror force National Security Guard (NSG). He succeeds JN Choudhury who had retired on 31 May 2015. He will have tenure till August 2016. Mr. Tayal is a 1980-batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IPS officer. Presently, he is serving as the Special Director General (DG) in paramilitary CRPF and is heading its formation in Jammu and Kashmir. He hails from Haryana and earlier had served as an Additional DG in the Sashastra Seema Bal.
Set up in 1984 as a Federal Contingency Deployment Force to tackle all facets of terrorism in the country. It also nodal agency for counter-terror and counter-hijack operations and later was tasked to protect high-risk VVIPs. Operates under the oversight of the Ministry of Home Affairs and is headed by the Director General of the Indian Police Service (IPS). The NSG members are also known as Black Cats because of the black drill cotton coveralls and balaclavas or helmets they wear.
NSG’s motto सर्वत्र सर्वोत्तम सुरक्षा (Sarvatra Sarvottam Surakhsha); English: Omnipresent Omnipotent Defence
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland won his first French Open Men’s single title of Tennis. In the final match he defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia by 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 score. It his first his first French Open title second grand slam title after Australian Open 2014. This victory also makes him only the second Swiss to win French Open mens single title after Roger Federer.
Serena Williams of United States won French Open women’s single title. In the final match she defeated Lucie Safarova of Czechoslovakia by 6-3 6-7 (2) 6-2 score. This was her third French Open title (earlier she had won in 2002, 2013) and overall 20th Grand Slam title.
Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) pair won Men’s Doubles Title. In the final match they defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan pair from US by 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–5 score.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (US) and Lucie Šafářová (Czech Republic) won Women’s Doubles Title. In the match they defeated Casey Dellacqua (Australia) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) pair by 3–6, 6–4, 6–2 score.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mike Bryan pair from United States won Mixed Doubles Title. In the final match they defeated Lucie Hradecká (Czech Republic) and Marcin Matkowski (Poland) pair by 7–6(7–3), 6–1 score.
Legendary Telugu writer Dasaradhi Rangacharya passed away in Hyderabad, Telangana after a brief illness. He was 87. About Dasaradhi Rangacharya Dasaradhi was on 24 August 1928 in Khammam District erstwhile Hyderabad State now in Telangna. Hyderabad liberation
Struggle: He had actively participated in fight against the Nizam’s autocratic rule and also took part in the Telangana Armed Struggle till Hyderabad was liberated in Operation Polo.
Work: He had written number of books highlighting the life and agony of the people at the grass roots level especially in the then Telangana region. His novels Chillara Devullu (The Lesser Deities)-1969, Moduga Poolu (Fire Flowers)-1971 are well known for influencing Telugu people against oppression by the rulers. He also had translated all four Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata into Telugu. His autobiography was Jeevanayanam.
Awards: He was awarded Sahitya Academy award for Chillara Devullu.
India and Netherlands have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of Measles- Rubella Vaccines. The MoU was signed under Make in India initiative of Union government in the presence of the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte during his visit to India. The vaccine will be manufactured by Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Corporation Ltd (BIBCOL) at its plant at Chola, Uttar Pradesh. Translational Vaccinology (INTRAVACC) a government-based institute of Netherlands will provide technical support for the development of vaccine. INTRAVACC institute is part of Netherlands’ Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. It is internationally renowned for vaccine development and has a long history in technology transfer.
BIBCOL is a Central Public Sector Unit (CPSU) under the Department of Biotechnology of Union Ministry of Science & Technology. It was established as a PSU in 1989, with the aim to achieve self-sufficiency for the nation with respect to production and supply of high quality polio vaccine and other biologicals. During India’s immunisation programme BIBCOL had supplied billions of doses of oral polio vaccine and had played a major role in making India polio free.
India and Bangladesh on 6 June 2015 inked signed, exchanged, adopted and handed 22 bilateral documents in Dhaka. These documents were inked during the two-day visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh from 6 June to 7 June 2015.
Besides, during this visit of Prime Minister Modi to Bangladesh, its government conferred Award of Liberation Wa Honour on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Vajpayee was awarded for his outstanding support for the country’s independence from Pakistan in 1971 when he was a Lok Sabha member.
Eleven Indo-Canadians on 6 June 2015 were honoured with ICCC Annual Awards 2015 for strengthening bilateral ties and their business achievements besides contributions to the economy. Each award carried a trophy and citation. The award was presented by Toronto Mayor John Tory and President of the Indo-Canada Chambers of Commerce (ICCC) DP Jain at the annual gala award ceremony held at Toronto.
The list of awardees includes Avinash Mehra, Nisha Agnihotri, Prashant Pathak, Neeru Gupta, Manjul Bhargava, Hargurdeep Singh, Avish Sood, Rajiv Manucha, Asim Ghosh, Jag Parmar and Venkatesh Mannar.
They were congratulated for strengthening the ties between the two countries by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and India’s High Commissioner to Canada Vishnu Prakash.
Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham received the President’s Award 2015 for his outstanding contributions in promoting bilateral trade and investment between India and Canada.
ICCC was founded in 1977. It is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to promote bilateral, social, cultural and economic ties between the two countries.
Booker Prize awardee Amitav Ghosh on 7 June 2015 released his new novel Flood of fire. With the novel, he has concluded the Ibis trilogy, his fictional recreation of the events leading up to the first opium war of 1839-42.
The Ibis trilogy is a work of historical fiction by Amitav Ghosh. It comprises Sea of Poppies (2008), River of Smoke (2011), and Flood of Fire (2015). The story is set in the first half of the 19th century. It deals with the trade of opium between India and China run by the East India Company and the trafficking of coolies to Mauritius.
It is 1839 and China has embargoed the trade of opium, yet too much is at stake in the lucrative business and the British Foreign Secretary has ordered the colonial government in India to assemble an expeditionary force for an attack to reinstate the trade. Among those consigned is Kesri Singh, a soldier in the army of the East India Company. He makes his way eastward on the Hind, a transport ship that will carry him from Bengal to Hong Kong. With all the verve of the first two novels in the trilogy, Flood of Fire completes Ghosh’s unprecedented reenvisioning of the nineteenth-century war on drugs.
With remarkable historic vision and a vibrant cast of characters, Ghosh brings the Opium Wars to bear on the contemporary moment with the storytelling that has charmed readers around the world.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a two-day visit to Bangladesh from 6 June to 7 June 2015. During his first-ever visit to Bangladesh since becoming the Prime Minister, Modi was received at the Shahjalal International airport by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He also received a 21-gun salute and a joint services guard of Honour in a red carpet reception.
John Cryan was named as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Deutsche Bank. He will take the responsibilities of the bank from 30 June 2015. He will be sole CEO. He is the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at UBS Group AG. He is also a member of Deutsche Bank’s supervisory board. He and Fitschen have replaced Josef Ackermann in 2012. The bank was fined 2.5 billion US dollar in April 2015 by regulators in the US and the UK for manipulating interest-rate benchmarks LIBOR.
Anshuman Jain is an Indian business executive. He took over as Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank to succeed Management Board Chairman Josef Ackermann. He belongs to Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
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